Monday, April 15, 2013

A radically different Sunday for me

April 14

What a wonderful day this was!  The weather couldn't have been better.  There was no need for a sweater, the sun was shining and it was Market Day in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

Isle is a delightful town surrounded by the river Sorgue – that which begins at Fontaine de Vaucluse.  This was where the pope’s fresh fish came from 700 years ago.  Then the waterwheels were put in and tanners, paper and fabric makers took over.  Today, some of the waterwheels are still there and turning but only so tourists can take pictures of them.  The town is the “go to” place for villages in the area, being the largest commercial center east of Avignon.  That said, large is not on an American scale at all.  There is one large grocery store, a Macdonalds (all over France) and several banks.  Other than that, Isle is simply a larger village than most.

Kathy, Lee and I went in for the market and had a grand time.  We bought cheeses, asparagus (great big thick ones), spices, tomatoes, carrots, bread, a rotisserie chicken and potatoes.  We also bought fun things like a man purse for Lee and a skirt and jacket for me.  Kathy got some things to take home and flowers for the house.  Next week, she will shop for herself and I will get the sweater I saw but didn’t purchase.  We think we saw about a quarter of the market.  It pretty much covers the town.

Then we came home to have a leisurely afternoon.  I had taken a Zyrtec in the morning hoping to stop my nose, so I took a very long nap.  Kathy prepared all that good food we bought for our dinner and it was the best meal we have had in France

So this was a good Sabbath for all of us.

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